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Following literally years of speculation and rumors, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today introduced the iPhone, a sleek all-in-one device combining a mobile phone, widescreen iPod, and internet communicator. The iPhone boasts a 3.5-inch widescreen display and runs a version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system with an innovative new user interface for using just a finger to control the device on-screen.

It comes in two capacities—4GB and 8GB—and includes support for quad-band GSM, EDGE, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR wireless technologies. The iPhone also sports a built-in 2 megapixel camera and will work with Macs or PCs. Apple’s Jobs confirmed that the exclusive carrier for the iPhone will be Cingular.

Jobs said the phone is 11.6mm thin—thinner than any smartphone available, including the Motorola Q and Samsung BlackJack. The iPhone has built-in sensors—an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor—that serve to automatically rotate the display from portrait to landscape, and to turn off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches. Battery life is said to be 5 hours for talk time, video or browsing, and 16 hours of audio playback.

The iPhone will be available in June. The 4GB iPhone model will sell for $499, while the 8GB model will sell for $599, each with 2-year contracts. Apple said Cingular will announce service plans for the iPhone before it begins shipping in June. The iPhone will be available in Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008. Jobs said he was announcing it today and shipping nearly six months from now because Apple needs FCC approval. The iPhone will sell in Apple Stores and Cingular stores.

Users are able to make calls in several different ways, including simply pointing at a name or number with their finger. The iPhone syncs contacts from a PC, Mac or Internet service, and allows users to easily create conference calls. Another new feature called Visual Voicemail lets users look at a list of their voicemails, choose which messages to listen to, then go directly to those messages without having to sit through prior messages. The iPhone also includes an SMS application with a full QWERTY screen-based touch keyboard to easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions.

In addition to a mobile phone, the iPhone includes a major new iPod portion. The device features touch controls for play-pause, chapter forward-backward and volume. To go along with the iPhone’s widescreen display, there’s now a Cover Flow view for browsing your music library by album cover artwork. (The iPhone is switched automatically to Cover Flow view by simply rotating the device into its landscape position.) Movies and TV shows are obviously also now viewable in a full widescreen view.

The iPhone runs a slimmed-down version of Mac OS X, including email, web browsing, searching and maps. A rich HTML email client fetches email in the background from most POP3 or IMAP mail services and displays photos along with the text. The iPhone comes with a mobile version of Apple’s Safari web browser, allowing users to view web pages as they appear on a PC, and then zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on iPhone’s multi- touch display with their finger. The iPhone also includes Google Maps for viewing maps, satellite images, traffic information and directions. The iPhone also includes a calendar application and a photo management application, which can be automatically synced with your PC or Mac.

Several iPhone accessories will also be available in June, including a new Bluetooth wireless headset and new pair of iPod-like earbuds with integrated microphone.

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Comments

1

This is so awesome! Can I buy it from Cingular, and use it on other networks?

Posted by Fabricate49 on January 9, 2007 at 3:01 PM (CST)

2

Wow, is it cool. But, the 4 GB and 8 GB capacities are disappointing. What are the chances Apple gives us a wide-screen iPod without all the “extra” stuff in the next 6-10 months?

Posted by Jason Russell on January 9, 2007 at 3:07 PM (CST)

3

I feel special today, because iPhone is release on the day I was born.  Too bad that I have re-new my contract with Verizon, but I have a nice enV phone with it.  I will have to give this iPhone a chance to grow, perhaps verizon wireless will eventually carry this phone in a year or two.  Good job Apple for releasing the iPhone.

Posted by Oliver on January 9, 2007 at 3:11 PM (CST)

4

Carn’t wait to order this, great product again apple.

Posted by iLUKE in uk on January 9, 2007 at 3:14 PM (CST)

5

even though obviously the internet part relies on the phone part ... ok so iPod only please.

Posted by anon on January 9, 2007 at 3:15 PM (CST)

6

But with the whole functions, including the display and the background lighting. how long is to hire to run? with the thin, battery?
1 hour?

Posted by Dude on January 9, 2007 at 3:16 PM (CST)

7

I think a smarter decision would’ve been to release an iPod-only version of this because I will NEVER buy a product that forces me to have a Cingular contract in order to use it. I do pay-as-you go (via Virgin Mobile) because I don’t use my cell much, so the iPhone doesn’t interest me in the least. This is coming from someone who has purchased too many Macs to count, and practically every version of iPod available.

Posted by bookcase on January 9, 2007 at 3:16 PM (CST)

8

Whoopteefreakindoo!  All the hype and this is what we get?  Where’s the device that is essentially a phone combined with a Nano?  I’m sure the new iPhone will be a hit, but it won’t be in my pocket.

Posted by Chip Johnson on January 9, 2007 at 3:17 PM (CST)

9

Same as someone else asked: will we be able to use it on other networks? I’d love to get one of these, but not on Cingular.

Posted by Renato on January 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM (CST)

10

yep, looking for an iPod only version of this. I would love to see some happy medium of iPod + internet app but no phone for me, thanks.

Posted by anon on January 9, 2007 at 3:19 PM (CST)

11

Why doesnt apple release this without phone stuff..everything else..it would cream the zune so bad…!

Posted by Eric Lewis on January 9, 2007 at 3:21 PM (CST)

12

Why are people complaining about the price of a PS3 again?

For those unfamiliar with the ways of cellphoneland. Unless you get it unlocked, which is possible, it won’t work with anyone but cingular.  Even if you unlock it, it’s only compatible with GSM networks. To buy it without a contract would probably cost you another 200 bucks as contract pricing 9 times out of 10 is muuuch cheaper than without one.

Posted by RegalBegal on January 9, 2007 at 3:23 PM (CST)

13

Yes, it is very cool, but its not for me.  How about just a plain old iPod with a 100GB drive and a 3.5” widescreen?

Not to diminish Apple’s new product, but all the other fancy stuff will just make the yuppie slick guys walking around Wall Street proud with their new toy.

Posted by Obadiah on January 9, 2007 at 3:24 PM (CST)

14

What? No removable battery? Heck, the thing probably isn’t going to last the two years until the contract expires.

Posted by Michael Milroy on January 9, 2007 at 3:24 PM (CST)

15

Oliver, sorry to burst your bubble, but the iPhone wasn’t released today, it was only announced. Apple still needs FCC approval for the device to be released.

Also, I don’t think it would be possible to get the iPhone to work on other GSM networks without your carrier’s cooperation. I’m pretty sure Cingular is going to have some sort of iPhone data + voice plan.

Posted by Nobody on January 9, 2007 at 3:24 PM (CST)

16

I would buy it if I can use it on T-Mobile, and not cingular.

Posted by Marcus on January 9, 2007 at 3:26 PM (CST)

17

isn’t the wifi feature a big thing as well? there isn’t many phones out there with wifi, is there? couldn’t use use some internet service to make free calls as long as you’re in a hot spot? 600 though and a 2 year contract though is still too much though…

Posted by mike on January 9, 2007 at 3:28 PM (CST)

18

amazing - a company renowned for releasing groundbreaking innovative unique products that kick the snot out of anything anyboyelse thought up and some brain deads expect just a frigging iPod with a big hardrive/screen… no I’m not some city suit yuppie and neither am I a MAC user, but as soon as this puppy makes its way into the UK I’m all over it.

Posted by NJO on January 9, 2007 at 3:31 PM (CST)

19

This iPhone is undeniably a tremendous leap forward for Apple in iPod/cell phone techonolgy. 

Yet this format is rather dissapointing.  By itself, there’s nothing wrong with this device.  It’s visually stunning and has fantastic features. 

But alas, there is still no new iPod to speak of.  How amazing it would have been if Apple had also released an iPod today that looks just like it, sans the cellphone technology, in both 40 and 80 gig models. 

No doubt true iPods will soon like this, but it may be at least another six to twelve months down the road, even though the technology is available today. 

Meanwhile, people will have to be content with salivating over the pictures of this new device for another half year, while an updated iPod with that precise formate could have been in people’s hands this very minute. 

To acquire this vaunted iPhone, many people will have to accept a major hit in memory capacity (a mere 8gig) and/or switch over to a new phone line carrier.  Oh yeah, and buy an entirely new cell phone as well. 

My opinion is simple: the iPhone is a fantastic product, but its technology should have also been used to simulataneously revamp the iPod lines .  There’s no reason to not have both.

Posted by Lona on January 9, 2007 at 3:38 PM (CST)

20

If it came without phone stuff, great, but as it is, don’t need it.

Posted by revmike in hanford, ca on January 9, 2007 at 3:38 PM (CST)

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